I would be willing to bet that most Americans find this outrageous and that they don't believe something like that could ever happen here.
Open Congress reports on an extension of the PATRIOT Act:
Yesterday, the Senate voted 74-8, with 18 senators abstaining, in favor of moving forward with legislation to extend three of the most controversial PATRIOT Act surveillance powers for four more years, without any modifications...I guess since it's only been 10 years we've still got a way to go by Egyptian standards.
And so by the end of the week, these expansions of government surveillance powers that were hastily put in place following the shock of the 9/11 attacks will be extended once again. Why? Well, because, in the words of Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D, CA] on the Senate floor yesterday, “this is a time of heightened threat.” “Maybe no specific threat,” she added. “But certainly heightened threats.”
Perhaps all is not lost, Rand Paul is mounting a filibuster right now.